About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Durham, NC 27705
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: (919) 493-6699
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
Had a reservation at the Fairview for Valentines Day. The food was amazing. They had a live pianist playing all sorts of songs ranging from contemporary to lovey romantic ones. They had a specific Valentines Day menu that was a 4 course meal. Wine was excellent. The price of the food was a bit on the expensive side; however, for a romantic get-away dinner, it was definitely worth it.
What a lovely experience. My husband and I tried Fairview Dining room for the first time and we were so happy we did. We came up from Raleigh looking for a new place. We were delighted to find a quiet, old school restaurant with modern cuisine. Our meal was so delicious - the duck was incredible and the bison filet to die for!! Our server was great as well. We will be back.
I had not been to the Fairview in 25 years, and that was for the Christmas Day Buffet, which I still remember as fantastic! The decor and atmosphere are formal and elegant and the service was excellent. My cocktail was well executed as was my dessert. Unfortunately, the entree, which was medium rare bison strip sirloin was so salty it was inedible. When my server inquired about it, I was honest with him and he rightly offered to bring something else, but because I was somewhat full due to a smaller stomach from gastric bypass surgery, I didn't want a replacement. He said he would pass my comment about it being too salty on to the chef. I did have vanilla ice cream & cafe latte for dessert - both delicious. The server did not offer to comp my entree, but I think the offer to substitute another entree was fair. I had looked forward to this dinner and attended a performance in Duke Chapel afterward, and was sorely disappointed in the flavor of my entree!
Menu was very very poor unexpected and very few choices no specials. Service was moderate to good all young people. Table itself , the structure was very poor shook and rocked all over the place. It took 3 people to fine manager. To tell him. He said he wishes we would have said something . !! Ok. Who wants to sit in 5 star table. . Them move after we have seated and started . Get it right before I sit
For Restaurant Week, the $15 lunch was the best deal going. Excellent food, and a delightful meal. This is an annual event; i am already looking forward to when it comes around again! It is also a great recommendation to the quality of the food on a daily basis, which is outstanding.
The Fairview is really resting on whatever shrivelled laurels it still has and to a certain extent relying on a captive audience that now has many more choices. The decor is outmoded, and the food extremely average. We went for the Triangle restaurant week, which has a short, good value lunch menu. Now, I know that the average client of the Fairview is well over 60 (by the looks of it) but if I wanted to attract a younger clientele - something that is necessary if you want to survive in Durhams burgeoning restaurant scene - I would make the calculation that younger or first time visitors (I am both) might try it out first with this menu. A discounted menu is not an excuse for so-so cooking, it's an opportunity to do great things with cheap ingredients. This place did neither. I went to try it out, as I'd heard it was an upscale dining experience, and sometimes it's nice to have a 'white tablecloth' experience. If it had been any good I would have been back many times. As it was I will not go again. The service, although some staff were inexperienced, was very good.
Lovely ambiance for special birthday lunch. The Triangle Restaurant Week menu was impressive and delicious. Our only challenge was initially-undercooked fish, which the waitstaff and kitchen quickly corrected. Very nice place for lunch, especially by the windows.
My colleagues and I went here for lunch during Triangle Restaurant week and had a wonderful meal. It is fancier than we would normally do for a work lunch, but during Restaurant Week we got a 3 course lunch for $15, so that was a good deal. The food was delicious, creative, and filling. The atmosphere is upscale, but in a southern comfortable sort of way.
The Fairview Dining Rom is beautiful and elegant, as is the whole Washington Duke Inn. Service was OK, but our waiter spent a lot of time talking to a man in the other room, probably a regular. Food was almost too imaginative, with a hodgepodge of ingredients (often, less is better). For example, we had:
bison with: tarragon yukon gold mashed potato, vanilla fried onions,
caramelized red onion, benton’s bacon & brussels sprout sauté, demi-glace
nine spice duck breast*: baby vegetable confit, purple sweet potato, tricolored quinoa, scott farms sweet frîtes, plum duckling jus
Passionfruit cheesecake was excellent.
Sauces were too salty for us. I would still recommend trying it, since it’s such a lovely venue.
While the service is not quite as finely tuned as past visits, the food remains excellent. The selection is broad from meats to poultry, seafood and vegan. The bison was s highlight/ perfectly cooked, tender and plated with amazingly tasty Brussel sprouts. The bar does a fine job of highlighting some excellent cocktails, wines and beers.
The atmosphere at the Fairview was great. Being in a nice hotel, there was much better ambience overall than a restaurant within a strip-mall. They also still had all their tasteful Christmas decorations up through out the lobby and dining room. The food was also very good and they had nice selection of wine by the glass, beer on tap (and a full bar for any mixed drinks). Not sure why it never occurred to us to eat here previously before a movie/theater show in Durham - but we will definitely be back. We ended up here this particular evening because are standard favorite place had closed down (Four Square). This may be the new default for us for pre-show dinners.
Fairview has usually been a superb experience. However, on New Year's Eve when I was hosting dear friends who are quite knowledgeable about cuisine and wine, our service and hence most of the evening was a huge disappointment. Champagne was not served when requested and both the amuse bouche and appetizer arrived before the beverage. Courses were not hot and pepper that was promised never arrived. After several comments, things improved somewhat, although the attitude of the primary server did not. He blamed others, and then was clearly inauthentic in his quasi-apologies.
Given the choices we could have had for that evening, I regret that Fairview could not live up to its usual high standards.
Delicious food! Romantic atmosphere. Live piano music was really nice. It was New Years Eve and my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal before going to see Cinderella. A little too pricey to be a regular spot for us but definitely a great location for a special occasion!
Today's lunch at the Fairview was my first disappointment at this establishment. Not only was the black bean burger totally unmanageable as a "burger," it completely lacked any flavor. I had expected the mole barbeque sauce and the jalapeno jelly to be an interesting combination, but I have to wonder if the chef forgot to put it on mine as it was tasteless. I realize I declined the red onion, but I expected more than a few mashed black beans on a bun. It was curious that our service was unusually slow as well--we watched diners who were seated after us be served well before us. And, we had to point out to the staff that we were still waiting for our food.
As always, the atmosphere made the occasion and I enjoyed visiting with my family. I will give the Fairview another chance, but I would warn other diners the black bean burger is bland and tasteless and not the "AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated" as their food is advertised .
We have been to the Fairview on Christmas for their extragavanza buffet. Pricey but so nice if you don't want to cook. But this was our first visit for their weekend brunch which also is pricey but offers an array of entrees and includes an appetizer and dessert table (really terrific!) The food was delicious and service superior. A great place for a special treat.
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